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How Much Does a House Survey Cost in 2024?

In 2024, a UK house survey costs between £290-£1,390. How much your survey will cost depends on the type or level of survey you need, the location and the value of the home.

A property survey inspects a home’s construction and condition, identifying defects and issues. The cost and detail in the survey report varies with the survey level chosen.

Below we look at the different surveys available and what each one covers. We also look at the average cost of each survey based on the property value. You can view a sample report for each of these levels on the RICS website.

House Survey Costs By Level

Survey Level
Suitable for
What It Covers
Cost

RICS Home Survey Level 1

(Condition Report)

Newer homes, in good condition and of standard construction.
This is a general overview of the condition of home, noting any obvious visible defects.
£290 - £560

RICS Home Survey Level 2

(Homebuyers Report)

Conventional homes built within the last 50 years or so, in reasonable or good condition and of standard construction.
This mid-level survey gives a good overview of the condition of the home, flagging any problems or concerns the surveyor finds.
£325 - £900

RICS Home Survey Level 3

(Building Survey)

Older or unusual buildings, those in poor condition and homes that have had extensive work completed on them. Also listed buildings and those in conservation areas.
A thorough inspection of the property, both inside the home and the grounds/outhouses. It provides details of concerns, potential issues and remedial work required.
£630 - £1,200


House Survey Costs by Property Value

Level of ReportUp to £100k£100k - £300k£300k - £500k£500k - £700k£700k - £900k£900k - £1M

RICS Home Survey Level 1 (Condition Report)

£290£290 - £380£400 - £420£470 - £500£520 - £540£560
RICS Home Survey Level 2

(Homebuyers Report)

£380£420 - £500£570 - £640£740 - £790£860 - £920£980
RICS Home Survey Level 3

(Building Survey)

£380£700 - £800£900 - £990£1,1120 - £1,180£1,270 - £1,340£1,390

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RICS Level 1 Survey cost - Condition Report

The Level 1 Home Survey or Condition Report costs £380 for the average UK home. The cost of a Condition Report is relative to your house price and size, so depending on your house price you could pay between £290 to £560 for the survey.

The Condition Report will only state the overall condition and if there are defects that need urgent repairs or further investigation. Your surveyor will provide condition ratings for the main parts of the building, garage and some outside elements. They will be rated from 1-3, with 1 meaning no repairs needed and 3 meaning urgent repair.

Level 1 Survey at a glance:

Mainly for new build homes.

The most basic and least in-depth survey.

Ideal if you just want a straightforward condition rating.

Won't offer advice on the value of the property.

To learn more, read our guide on the Level 1 Condition Report.

RICS Level 2 Survey cost - HomeBuyer Survey

A Level 2 Home Survey, also known as a HomeBuyers Survey costs £500 - though you may pay between £325 and £900. The true cost will vary depending on the value of the property and the surveyor’s rates. Any risks or repair work will be rated 1-3 using a Traffic Light System.

You can ask to have RICS Valuation done completed alongside of the report, to give you an idea of the true market value of the home. This will come at an additional cost. Also be aware that the valuation itself is not the same as a survey.

Level 2 Survey at a glance:

Suited for most modern property types and conventional properties.

Designed for properties that are in good condition.

Designed for properties that were made using common materials.

Not as in-depth as a level 3 survey.

More comprehensive than the condition report.

Valuation optional.

To learn more, read our guide on the Level 2 HomeBuyers Survey.

RICS Level 3 Survey cost - Building Survey

A Level 3 Home Survey, sometimes called a Building Survey, costs £800 on average, though it can be as cheap as £630 and as expensive as £1,200. A Building Survey is the most comprehensive of all the survey types. It provides an in-depth examination of the structure and condition of the home. It's the highest survey level and includes a thorough inspection of the property and a detailed report.

A Building Survey may seem expensive, but it’ll highlight hidden defects that could cost you thousands to repair after you’ve moved in. You’ll also be given recommendations for further actions to help you decide whether the home is a worthy investment and a fair price.

Level 3 Survey at a glance:

Suited for larger or older and listed buildings.

Designed for properties that have had, or plan to have, extension or renovation work carried out.

Suitable for properties in poor condition

Designed for properties built using unusual materials.

The most comprehensive survey and usually the most expensive.

Describes identifiable risks and hidden defects.

To learn more, read our guide on the Level 3 Building Survey.

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Other Surveys Available

Survey Type
Suitable For
What It Covers
Cost
Snagging Survey
Newly built homes.
The surveyor will note any defects or unfinished work present, in addition to checking compliance with building regulations
£300 - £600
Home Report

(Scotland Only)

All sellers in Scotland must arrange a Home Report when they sell their home.
The Single Survey element of the Home Report is essentially a Level 2 survey, giving an idea of the condition of the home and any issues.
£585 - £820

Snagging Survey

Snagging Surveys cost on average between £300 - £600. The total cost will depend on the size and value of the property. A professional snagging survey will provide you with a list of any “snags” to be passed on to the property developer before you move in.

Snagging Survey at a glance:

For new build properties only

Arranged by the homebuyer

Will highlight unfinished work or problems in the home

Survey report can be used to address issues with the homebuilder so they can be rectified

To learn more, read our guide on Snagging Surveys.

Home Report costs in Scotland

If you’re buying a house in Scotland, it’ll be the sellers’ responsibility to provide you with a Home Report. On average, this costs between £585 and £820 according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). This is organised and paid for by the seller of the home and completed by a RICS qualified surveyor.

Home Report at a glance:

Organised by the seller and seller pays.

It's made up of a Single Survey, Energy Report and Property Questionnaire.

Seller must give it to you within 9 days of asking.

Provides you with information on the home such as the council tax band.

Will tell you of any repairs needed.

Provides an Energy Performance Certificate.

To learn more, read our guide on Home Report Scotland.

Are there any other costs involved?

If you or your surveyor spot a specific area of concern, you can order a Specific Defect Survey. This survey will be as in-depth as the Level 3 survey, but it only looks at the specific area highlighted such as subsidence or roof issues.

Your property surveyor will usually not be a structural engineer, electrician or plumber. They may recommend that you ask a specialist for alternative opinions and advice on certain problems. These will only be for specific issues and the option of a specialist survey is entirely up to you.

What if the survey is bad?

If significant issues are found in the survey, you may want to think about whether you continue with the purchase. Find out if any problems are still covered by the guarantee. For example, your survey might show a failing damp-proof course. The seller might still be within their guarantee and be able to get this amended.

If there’s any major building work flagged, ask local builders for quotes for the job. You can then present this to the seller to try and renegotiate the purchase price to cover repair costs.

Who covers the cost if problems are found?

If you decide to take your surveyor’s advice and have a follow-up inspection, then you'll have to cover the added costs. Your surveyor should only recommend these if they believe a real risk might exist and the cost of the specialist inspection is justified. You can also ask the seller if they’re willing to take money off your original offer to cover any repair work.

Is a house survey worth the cost?

Although a house survey might seem expensive, you will save money in the long run by having one. Buying a house without a survey can mean unexpected costs further down the line.

RICS discovered that 4 in 5 homeowners bought a property without having a home survey first. These buyers then went on to spend on average £5,750 in unexpected repair work. A property surveyor can help you determine if the property is worth the investment or if there are too many repairs needed.

Peter Bolton King, RICS Global Residential Director, said, “Serious faults are difficult to identify and costly to repair. By not being aware of them, consumers are risking a potential home buying time bomb.This can cause extreme stress and financial strain on homeowners who are often stuck with a property they no longer want but cannot sell."

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13th Jun, 2024

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